Desktop as a Service 2.0
Deploy a thousand desktops in a day with zero CapEx and the scaling power of Azure.
DaaS needs to be re-imagined
Current DaaS solutions offer two different approaches to delivering customer desktops as a service, but both have serious shortcomings:
- Service Providers host desktops or sessions using single tenant VDI 1.0 solutions which were not designed to work as a service provider model. Adding a new tenant still takes months and scaling up users is not a trivial feat. The resulting solution takes VDI complexity to a whole new level.
- Windows Server Sessions delivered from the public cloud. The “desktop” is a server session, so application compatibility is an issue. Second these desktops are either “vanilla” desktops or IT has to figure out how to apply the appropriate customization, security policies, etc. to them.
DaaS 2.0 is built from the ground up as a cloud-native, multi-tenant architecture and designed to overcome challenges with DaaS.
How does DaaS 2.0 make your life easier?
100% Cloud Native + Azure Ready
DaaS 2.0 is always up to date so you dont have to worry about patches and upgrades. New features are released every few weeks.
Predictable Per User Costs
All desktops, applications, compute, storage, and networking components are bundled into a single, predictable bill.
Instant On & Scalability
Started deploying 1000s of desktops today – no need to acquire data center infrastructure. Scale up instantaneously.
Workspot’s leadership built VDI 1.0. The company is led by former Citrix and VMware alumni: the former GM of the Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop business unit; the former VP of Product Management for XenDesktop; and the founding engineer of VMware Horizon View.
Collectively, Workspot’s leadership team has worked with 250,000 organizations worldwide to successfully deploy application and desktop virtualization, including 95% of the Fortune 100 companies. Workspot and Algiz Technology understand the challenges you’ve been through with VMware Horizon View or Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop.
How DaaS 2.0 works (in a nutshell)
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Your questions answered
Can I deploy Workspot VDI 2.0 on Azure myself?
Absolutely! You can create and manage your own Azure environment of compute, storage, and networking. Then use Workspot VDI 2.0 to provision VDI onto your Azure environment. You will manage your own Azure billing and Azure support.
If you want a streamlined route with predictable billing, then consider Workspot DaaS 2.0. The DaaS 2.0 service leverages the same VDI 2.0 platform and includes additional service optimizations that result in a simple and predictable per user billing for Workspot + Azure in a single, flat rate bill.
If I have Office 365, do I need VDI or DaaS?
That depends on your employee’s workflows. For most enterprises, employees need a desktop environment to do their job. In that case, a browser only environment probably won’t be sufficient. DaaS 2.0 can deliver secured Windows 10 desktops to any device, including BYO, and keep data secure. By the way, Workspot can include Office 365 as part of your DaaS 2.0 service.
What are the pre-requisites that I need to have on-premises?
DaaS 2.0 implements the Azure services. There are a few common components you need to have on-premises:
- Active Directory Service
- On-premise site to site IPSec VPN to connect to Azure
This is for any access to your AD and other common services like local apps and data, and KMS licensing server.
Is hosting a Read-Only AD service on Azure secure? Why do I need one?
Workspot works with you to implement a read-only AD on Azure to keep your on-premises AD secure. The Azure local read-only AD instance reduces the latency for services to communicate with the AD service.
What Microsoft licenses and agreements do I need to have?
For Windows 10 VDI on Azure, Microsoft requires an Enterprise Agreement with Software Assurance for Windows 10 PC. We’d love to simplify this, but for now it is a BYO license. During the implementation process, we’ll work with you to install the correct Windows 10 license key and create Win10 templates. For published applications, Workspot includes the RD SAL in the service or if you want a BYO license, we can use your RD CALs.
For applications to install in the Win10 VDI or to publish, you’ll need to bring your own applications with valid licenses.
Does Workspot help me with creating templates?
Yes. Creating templates is the foundation of virtual desktops and server images. During the implementation phase Workspot will train and assist you with creating templates. Once created and uploaded, provisioning desktops is completely automated.
Does Workspot provide L1 helpdesk as a service?
No. Workspot excels at optimizing VDI and DaaS services, but we’re not good with helping employees recover their passwords.